The 11 carriage long train wrapped in distinctive LGBT rainbow colours made its first journey yesterday from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly.
Members of the train’s crew said the paint job and the selection of staff are a sign ‘of the steps we’re taking towards a more inclusive, diverse and equal society’.
Train manager Paul Austin said: ‘This is about being accepted for who I am and representing the LGBT+ community we serve across our network… I am so proud to be involved today.’ Inside, the train will be filled with posters and literature for passengers, while Pride-related information and facts will be shared during the onboard announcements.
Executive Director Sarah Copley said: ‘I’m delighted to be launching our new Avanti West Coast Pride Train, which represents everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.
‘It is a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion as it travels up and down the West Coast Main Line. ‘We live proud 365 days a year, not just today. ‘I am so proud to be a part of a business where our people represent the communities we serve.’